Lil Wayne Releases Public Apology To The Family Of Emmett Till

posted Wednesday May 01 ,2013 at 10:06AM CDT | 113 comments

Lil Wayne Releases Public Apology To The Family Of Emmett Till

Lil Wayne claims "tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy," after admitting his inappropriate mention of Emmett Till.

In February of this year, Lil Wayne made national headlines for a lyric on Future's "Karate Chop (Remix)." The New Orleans, Louisiana emcee-turned-mogul rapped, "I beat the pussy up like Emmett Till." The crude simile was comparing sex to the 1955 hate-crime murder of the 15 year-old Till, for allegedly winking at a White woman in Mississippi. Following the song's release, Emmett Till's cousin publicly criticized Lil Wayne's racial "pride and dignity" for the deeply insensitive lyrics.

Over two and a half months later, Lil Wayne, who was hospitalized for seizures in early March (during which time the Till family offered prayer on his behalf), has publicly apologized for his lyrics. This is the letter, as is it appeared at MissInfo.TV, is re-published below:

"Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.

It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.

Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.

I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.


Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne

This apology follows a similar apology concerning offensive content, written by rapper Rick Ross, concerning his perceived rape lyrics from an appearance on Rocko's "U.E.N.O." Due to the lyrics, public petition from womens rights groups, and delayed apology, the rapper lost an endorsement partnership with Reebok which was believed to be worth as much as $5 million.

RELATED: Talib Kweli Feels Lil Wayne Should Apologize To Emmett Till's Family

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  • Anonymous
    well written
  • Kril
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  • Anonymous
    "Xzibit never said anything about Chris Reeve" 3 Card Molly off 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz.
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  • Ricky Rozay
    People want Wayne to die so they dont have to hear his music anymore because apparently praying for the demise of another human being takes less effort than changing the radio station every now and then. Anyways, just because someone is responsible for their own downfall, doesnt mean that you cant or shouldnt feel bad for their situation. I have sympathy for Wayne and hope he finds the strength to turn things around for himself. Bawse!!!!!!!
    • Anonymous
      i know you're usually trolling but this time i actually agree with everything you said.
    • Anonymous
      I pray every night that Ricky Rozay (the MMG stan) and William Roberts choke on a piece of crab meat and die
    • Ricky Rozay
      ^really? u wanna wish death on another man b/c of his music preference? You sound like a nice person *sarcasm* Bawse!!!!!!!!
  • Raze
    A better apology: "Yo Till family, I Lil Wayne just wanted to say sorry for that fucked up line I said using your dead relatives name. I just be in the studio getting drunk and high and shit sounded clever at the time. But now I realize, I was a dumb mufucka for saying that ignorant shit and I'm sorry. As a token of my sincerity, I'd like U to have this $50,000 in Popeyes gift cards. I'm just being upfront, like Rosa Parks, ya dig.
    • Om3gA
    • Anonymous
      HAHAHA holy fuck. Sad part is, that up until you mentioned the $50-large in Popeyes cards, that sounded like a much more genuine apology. :P
  • Art Brooks
    Obviously your attorney wrote this shit for U. That's insincere, ya bitch
  • Evanator
    Wayne is a fucking disgrace to music. This is proof.
  • Z
    Waynes real letter: Dear Till Families, I is sorry for speaking bad abouts M-et. Please don't be mad at me. I has childrens 2 and my career is almost over. Love, Wayne
    • OM3gA
      haha wen writin the song he prob was lik "ok wat i write??.. hmm i beat that puusy like ...a cat? nah i used that too much ... rodney?.... been said already... ummm" *googles people that been beaten up "who da fuk is emmitt till?" YOLO ill put dat on my song"
  • Another Thumbs Up!
    Nice job to Rozay's PR kid too, if only he'd cleared you to write up that eloquent apology for him a couple weeks earlier...
  • Anonymous
    Eminem - No Apologies
    • Anonymous
      Kanye - Im sorry george bush... frnds?=)
  • Thumbs Up
    Nicely written, PR Intern!!
  • Anonymous
    you can tell this apology was written for him by someone. He is too dumb to construct suck gramma.
    • Anonymous
      um im not a fan of his music but lil wayne is actually really intelligent. youre just being spiteful
    • ^
      No. He's not intelligent.
    • Anonymous
      He attended the University of Houston while you stayed at home in hate. Go back to school youngster learn how to pen a letter like this.
    • Anonymous
      he didnt really attend. it was just promo for the school. you think that nigga was going to class 20 hours a week staying up late writing papers? fuck outta here. he didnt even graduate high school so how the fuck would he get into university of houston. oh yeah only because he is famous.
  • gnigga_pleeze
    not a wayne fan but I respect this. I hope he's being sincere
    • Anonymous
      hes not though. thats why its 3 months later and sounds like it was written by a publicist. he got scared he was gonna lose that mountain dew money and made a phone call to his people to handle this
  • thefed
    yo, is it me or there isnt one "sorry" in this apology. did i miss it? he never said he was sorry.
  • Anonymous
    "Show some respect to Emmett Till and the Till family, fuckboy. And thats coming from a hispanic" Was this meant to scare people? Go have a bean burrito and shut the fuck up.
    • OM3gA
      funny how u didnt even reply directly to his comment tho?? n anyways he was probably tryin to say that even him a hispanic shows respect to Till (a black person). y the fuk he b threatening ppl over a computer? stupid racist bitches these days
  • Anonymous
    "He crossed the line and said something very offensive about someone who was killed in a hate crime" Did Christopher Reeve's family cry when Xhibit made a reference about him? Don't listen to rap music if your ears are that sensitive.
    • Anonymous
      Xzibit never said anything about Chris Reeve.
    • Anonymous
      Wasnt that Eminem?
    • Anonymous
      it's like christopher reeve doing the crip walk - Xzibit (Erick Sermon DJ Quik Xzibit - Focus
    • ^
      I don't see how that crossed a line.
  • Rreal Talk
    forced apology shit
  • Anonymous
    Thank you Wayne's lawyer lol